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Softball Opens Pac-10 Play on Friday at ASU
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/31/2004

March 31, 2004

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This Week:
Tuesday (3/30): UCLA 4, Cal State Fullerton 3 (Easton Stadium)
Friday (4/2): 7 pm (MST) at #RV/23 Arizona State ? Tempe, AZ
Saturday (4/3): 7 pm (MST) vs. #1/1 Arizona ? Tucson, AZ
Sunday (4/4): 1 pm (MST*) vs.#1/1 Arizona ? Tucson, AZ ??CSTV Live Broadcast
*-Daylight Savings Time begins Saturday night. There is a one-hour time change to Pacific Time for Friday and Saturday's game, but not Sunday's game as Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

Following a 13-day break from competition for winter quarter final exams, UCLA returned to the diamond on Sunday for an exhibition game against the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team, falling 11-0 in five innings. UCLA's collegiate schedule resumed on Tuesday afternoon with a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Cal State Fullerton. The Bruins will now travel to Arizona to open Pac-10 play with a single game on Friday night at Arizona State's Farrington Stadium before driving to Tucson, AZ, for Saturday and Sunday showdowns with top-ranked Arizona. Sunday's game between the Bruins and Wildcats will be broadcast live on CSTV. Former UCLA great Stacey Nuveman will provide color commentary on the broadcast.

Bruins Come From Behind to Defeat Cal State Fullerton, 4-3
After giving up three unearned runs in the top of the second inning on Tuesday afternoon at Easton Stadium, the Bruins capitalized on a two-run home run by Emily Zaplatosch, her first since the UNLV Classic on Feb. 13, and a solo home run by Stephanie Ramos to tie the game at 3-3 by the end of the fourth inning. While Lisa Dodd was retiring 14 of the final 16 batters she faced in the game, it took the UCLA offense until the bottom of the seventh inning to push across the fourth and deciding run.

The game-winning rally started with back-to-back one-out walks by Zaplatosch and Dodd, followed by a single from designated player Kristen Dedmon to load the bases. UCLA freshman left fielder Tara Henry was then able to chop a slap-hit single over the third baseman's head to provide her second hit of the day and score the game-winning run, as pinch-runner Alissa Eno scored easily on the play.

UCLA Becomes 25th Victim for U.S. Olympic Team
The 2004 U.S. Olympic Team closed out its ?Aiming for Athens? college tour on Sunday afternoon in front of a sell-out crowd of 943 fans at UCLA's Easton Stadium, posting an 11-0 five-inning victory over second-ranked UCLA. All five former Bruins on Team USA's roster played in the game, including the first tour appearance by NCAA career home run and slugging percentage record holder Stacey Nuveman as a pinch-hitter, and a one-hit shutout tossed by two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and four-time Bruin All-American Lisa Fernandez. Fernandez allowed just one Bruin hit and two baserunners in the game, while going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored in the contest. Tairia (Mims) Flowers (C, 0-for-0, 3 walks), Natasha Watley (SS, 1-for-3, 2 runs scored) and Amanda Freed (1-for-3, 1 run scored) also started for Team USA on Sunday.

For the Bruins, Keira Goerl pitched well through two innings before UCLA faltered as a team on defense in the third inning, allowing eight runs. Goerl struck out six batters in the game, including Watley, Nuveman, Freed and Fernandez. The only Bruin hit of the day came with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning as sophomore catcher Emily Zaplatosch was able to beat out a throw from Watley on a slow-hopping ground ball.


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